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Sorensen Celebrates Alumni Achievements
May 5 2006 - 8:47am

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership is proud to announce the very latest numbers regarding the achievements and status of our alumni.


Political Leaders Program
Of the 408 graduates of the Political Leaders Program, 63 have served in elected office around the Commonwealth, including 10 Delegates and one state Senator; more than 40 have been appointed to state boards and commissions. Of our graduates, 380 still live and work in the Commonwealth.

Candidate Training Program
Of the 178 graduates of the Candidate Training Program, 43 have served in elected office around the Commonwealth, including six Delegates; 21 have been appointed to state boards and commissions. Of these CTP alumni, 152 still live and work in the Commonwealth.

PLP and CTP Alumni
40 people have participated in both the Political Leaders Program and the Candidate Training Program. Of those double-alumni, 11 have been elected to office including three members of the Virginia House of Delegates; nine have been appointed to boards or commissions.

College Leaders Program
Of the 137 graduates of the College Leaders Program, over 20 have served as Student Body President or Class President at their Universities.  23 of these alumni now work in public service (including in the Governor’s Office and in the White House), one is a Rhodes Scholar, eleven have served as Governor’s Fellows, and two have been appointed to state boards or commissions.

High School Leaders Program
Of the 62 graduates of the High School Leaders Program, 28 are still in school and 36 have graduated. 30 of those 36 graduates have gone on to Virginia colleges and universities, including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, the College of William & Mary, James Madison University, George Mason University, the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Plans for the 2006 Alumni Reunion Are Underway
May 4 2006 - 2:18pm

Mark Your Calendars Now!

The 2006 Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Alumni Reunion will be on Saturday, October 14, 2006 in Richmond. This year's event will be characterized by a number of "firsts" -- of which we are very proud.

* In response to numerous requests by alumni who must travel from other parts of the Commonwealth to attend our annual Reunion, this will be the first year we will hold the event on a Saturday night (as opposed to a Friday night right after work). This will make it much easier for more of our alumni to attend, so we are looking forward to seeing all of you there!

* This will be the first year the event will be held at the historic Jefferson Hotel.

* This year we will launch our 1st Annual Sorensen Alumni Golf Tournament. The golf event will be held during the day at the Hunting Hawk Golf Club.

* This will also be the first year we will hold a Silent Auction at the Alumni Reunion.

The Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 5:30pm. Dinner will start at 6:30. Speakers to be announced.

The Dinner event is free to all Sorensen alumni. There will be a $35 charge for guests.

Room blocks are now available under the name "Sorensen Institute" at the Richmond Marriott and the Jefferson Hotel. We want to encourage everyone who plans to attend this year to please reserve a room EARLY.

More details regarding the 2006 Sorensen Institute Alumni Reunion will be announced here on the Sorensen Blog as they become available. Meanwhile, if you would like to participate in our 1st Annual Alumni Golf Tournament or would like to sponsor an item for the Silent Auction, please contact Kim Hutchinson.

We look forward to seeing you in Richmond!

Election Recap: Sorensen Graduates Win at the Polls
May 3 2006 - 2:02pm

Nearly 1,500 candidates stood for election yesterday across Virginia for mayor, city and town councils, and school boards. We are proud to say that of that number, 25 were graduates of the Sorensen Institute. Our alumni celebrating victory today include:

Paul Smedberg, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Alexandria City Council.

Dave Norris, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Charlottesville City Council.

Bryan Collins, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006 and a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, won election to the Chesapeake City Council.

Jay Leftwich, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1996, won re-election to the City of Chesapeake School Board.

Edythe Frankel Kelleher, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001, won re-election to the Vienna Town Council in Fairfax County.

Ted Byrd, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1995, won election to the Harrisonburg City Council.

Craig O'Der, Jr., a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, won re-election to the Ridgeway Town Council in Henry County.

Bob Zoldos, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1997, won re-election to the Lovettsville Town Council in Loudon County.

Scott Garrett, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2006, won election to the Lynchburg City Council.

Earnest Porta, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2005, won election as Mayor of the Town of Occoquan in Prince William County.

Jim Wood, a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002, won re-election to the Virginia Beach City Council.

Linda Crandell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, won re-election to the Colonial Beach Town Council.

Congratulations to all the winners!

May 2: Election Day
May 2 2006 - 11:04am

Today is Election Day in Virginia. Nearly 1500 candidates for city and town councils and school boards (including 20 Sorensen graduates) are getting out the vote today all across the Commonwealth. This is a wonderful opportunity for we citizens to participate in our communities and engage the ideals of political leadership at a very local level. It is also a fitting time to remember the sacrifices that others have made so that we may all enjoy the freedom to choose our leaders.

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership would like to thank everyone who stepped forward to run for office this year. Congratulations on your candidacy and good luck at the polls!

Hutchinson to be Governor's Fellow
May 2 2006 - 9:33am

This Just In: College Leaders Program Class of 2005 alumna Lucy Hutchinson has been accepted into the Governor's Fellows Program. She will be working in the Office of the Secretary of Commonwealth from June 5-July 31. During the months of May and August she will be interning with Governor Mark Warner's Forward Together PAC on his policy team.

Spring 2006 Newsletter!
May 1 2006 - 2:07pm

 

The Spring 2006 edition of the Sorensen newsletter is now available.

Click on the image at left to download a PDF copy.

Copies are also mailed to board members, recent alumni, and all alumni and friends who have donated at least $50 in the past year.If you would like to receive a color copy in the mail, please contact Tracy Tanner Bond at ttm@virginia.edu.

In this Special Edition: meet each member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and see photos from our March 22 Gala in Richmond.
 

 

Audio of Sean O'Brien on "HearSay" Now Available Online
May 1 2006 - 2:03pm

On Monday April 24 Sorensen's Executive Director Sean O'Brien was a guest on "HearSay with Cathy Lewis." The program was broadcast on WHRV 89.5FM in Hampton Roads. An audio archive of the program is now available online.

Click here to visit the archive site for this program. Then click on "Listen Now" beneath the headline "From the Headlines: Off and Running."

Program note: Sean O'Brien's interview begins at 00:18:40.

Wyatt Elected Secretary of Olmstead Board
Apr 27 2006 - 8:57am

Congratulations to Linda Wyatt, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1998, for having been elected secretary of the Olmstead Board. Created by Executive Order 2 under Governor Kaine, the Olmstead Board "monitors laws
and studies barriers and challenges concerning community integration of
Virginians with disabilities and reports their recommendations to the Governor."

Linda is a retired elementary school educator after over 30 years teaching in the Roanoke City public school system. She also served as a Roanoke city councilor for 10 years and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Education Association.

Click here to read the full press release from Governor Kaine's office.

"Charlottesville—Right Now" Podcasts Now Online
Apr 26 2006 - 10:20am

                                                                   

Audio archives of interviews from "Charlottesville—Right Now," hosted and produced by the Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot (shown at left), are now available online. Beginning this week, the podcasts will be posted to the Charlottesville Podcasting Network on a near-daily basis.

Coy frequently interviews Sorensen alumni on the program, as well as elected leaders from across the state—including regular monthly chats with Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Bob McDonnell, and members of the Governor's cabinet like Secretary of Transportation Pierce Homer and Secretary of Natural Resources (and Sorensen Regional Board member) Preston Bryant.

"Charlottesville—Right Now" is broadcast each weekday from 4-6pm on NewsRadio 1070 WINA.

Alumna Barden to Work With Richmond Habitat
Apr 26 2006 - 9:57am

Political Leaders Program Class of 2003 graduate Julia Torres Barden is the new Community Relations and Development Coodinator at the Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations Julia!

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    Chuck Smith

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2005

    Chuck is a self-employed attorney and current candidate for Virginia Beach City Council. He is a a former Marine and U.S. Navy JAG Officer (Retired). From 2006 to 2008, Chuck served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.